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Sophisticated Hot Pink Wedding in Virginia Beach

I love the light filled getting ready shots in this sophisticated summer wedding! Captured by Beth Hamilton Photography, Beth and Nick were married on a very hot August day in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The couple’s ceremony and reception were held at the gorgeous Hilton Hotel overlooking the ocean. A color palette of bold, hot pink and navy was used throughout the attire and decor.

Photographer: Beth Hamilton Photography // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront // Bridal Gown Designer: David’s Bridal // Bridal Shoes: Steve Madden // Jewelry Designer: Nadri // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Davids Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: Davids Bridal // Groom’s Attire: HUGO BOSS Tuxedo // Groom’s Shoes: HUGO BOSS // Groomsmen’s Attire: Mens Wearhouse, Ralph Lauren // Cake Designer: The Bliss Bakery // Floral Designer: Black Iris Floral Events // Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Jessica Barbini // Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas // DJ: DJ Flick, Local Celebrity // Officiant: Richard Arculin // All images by Beth Hamilton Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Free Spirited Garden Party Wedding in New Jersey

Wow, talk about a stunning wedding!! Captured by Christina Lilly Photography, Kristin and BJ were married on a gorgeous September day at a vast private residence in New Jersey. The couple, both writers living in L.A., had a free spirited garden party style wedding with a fresh, modern feel. This event is brimming with personal details and a lovely color palette of shades of green mixed with crisp white. I especially love the movie quotes scattered around the tables and the gorgeous moss table numbers! Be sure to read more from the bride below.

How did you and your spouse meet?

We met on the first day of high school in our first period English class. He sat in the front row. I sat in the back row. We didn’t become friends until senior year, and the first time we tried dating was in the fall after graduation. It didn’t really work out, but there was something we couldn’t let go of and so we disguised whatever it was or might be in a certain kind of friendship. Seven years later we still hadn’t figured out what we we’re to each other and finally let go. Two years after that in 2009 with 3,000 miles between us we found ourselves in a real relationship for the first time, and even though it took me by surprise at first… I guess after all it was always meant to be.

What was the inspiration for your wedding day?

Home. It meant a lot to me to let the place where we met and both grew up be a part of our wedding day. We also wanted it to be as easy for our friends and family as we could make it. It’s a small beach town in New Jersey and the chosen mode of transportation in the summer is a bike– so we put a bike rack out and it was awesome to see a bike brigade of our friends all dressed up gliding in on their beach cruisers. We got married the summer after Hurricane Sandy which made the decision to use local vendors even more important to me. Luckily our hometown is a wonderful community with a lot of hard working, talented, and generous people. Nothing about the planning or the big day felt like business, it all felt really personal and intimate even with 200 people at our wedding.

I’m always asked, “what kind of wedding did you have or what was your theme?” And my response is that it was like if Jay Gatsby had a garden party inspired by Anthropologie and Free People.

Photographer: Christina Lilly Photography // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Private Residence // Catering: Mumford’s // Rentals: Sperry Tents, Ocean Tents & Party Rentals // Bridal Gown Designer: Lindee Daniel // Bridal Shoes:Jimmy Choo // Bridal Veil: Lindee Daniel // Bridal Headpiece: Twigs & Honey // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: BCBG // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: BCBG // Groom’s Attire: Top Man by Top Shop // Groom’s Shoes: Calvin Klein // Groomsmen’s Attire: Top Man by Top Shop // Cake Designer: The Macaroon Shop // Floral Designer: Wall Flowers // Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Alyssa at Salon Cartarae // Invitation Designer: Noon Design Shop // Wedding Planner:Gilded Lily Events // DJ: Mike Merrell // Photobooth: DIY // Officiant: Groom’s brother // All images by Christina Lilly Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Simple Wedding by the Sea in Rhode Island

Hooray for a very belated new post! Sometimes life just gets too hectic. Anyway, on to the beautiful wedding…

Captured by Jamie Ivins Photography, Meg and Dan were married on a lovely October day in a church ceremony in Bristol, Rhode Island. Their seaside wedding was filled with simple, thoughtful details and subtle nautical elements. A classic navy color palette tied together all the details. I especially love all the getting ready images; they really set the stage for this understated, elegant event!

A few words from the bride:

Dan and I met as “just-barely teenagers” and formed an instant friendship. By the time we entered high school, we had become each others’ lab-partner, confidant, and best friend. This friendship kept either of us from asking for more out of the relationship, since neither wanted to ruin what we had built. However, by the time we entered junior year, we decided to take the leap into the dating realm- and it was so worth it! Fast forward through the rest of high school and college, and we were getting married on our ten year anniversary!

We were striving for “classic elegance” throughout the wedding design. We didn’t want anything too elaborate, we just wanted timeless. Our colors were champagne and ivory, which we tried to incorporate from the twinkle lights, to the table cloths, to the candle lit centerpieces.

However, the thing we cared about the most was that we made the wedding about us and our families. We added little touches throughout the ceremony and reception to signify who we are and to thank our family. They helped make our wedding spectacular and we are so grateful for their support over the past ten years!

In addition to our friends and family, our team of vendors made our wedding day perfect! Everyone that we worked with was amazing and the relationships went so far past those contractual in nature. Every bride and groom wants beautiful, timeless photographs to remember their “big day” and we definitely got those, but we also got so much more from our photographer, Jamie Ivins Photography, who reminded us to have fun and enjoy the entire process! Likewise, our caterer, Arolin Hughes from Russell Morin Catering, was so patient and accommodating that she made everything about the reception perfect (extending past the delicious food)! On The Rise Bakery topped off the dinner with a fantastic cake as well! Adding to that lineup was our singer/DJ, Tom Conte, from Conte Sound Productions, who brought an amazing voice to our dinner and a party-atmosphere to the dancing! Finally, to round out the fabulous team was our florist, Valley Falls Florist; tent designer, Ryan Designs; and Blithewold coordinator, Karen Bellevance who made the church and tent beautiful!


Photographer: Jamie Ivins Photography // Videographer: Conte Sound Productions // Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Parish // Reception Venue: Blithewold // Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering // Bridal Gown Store: Vows // Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: family heirloom // Jewelry Designer: family heirloom // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Watters // Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo // Groomsmen’s Attire: Tuxedo // Cake Designer: On The Rise Baking // Tent Designer: Ryan Designs // Floral Designer: Valley Falls Flower Shop // Invitation Designer: RSVP Stationary // DJ: Conte Sound Productions // Photobooth: Shutterbooth New England // All images by Jamie Ivins Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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